Coupe de France final Preview: Olympique Lyonnais - US Quevilly
Remi Garde's men hoping to make it second-time lucky in a domestic cup final this season, but face Regis Brouard's men who are one game away from the ultimate upset.
By Mohammed Ali
Reveillere, Lovren, Cris, Cissokho
Briand, Gourcuff, Kallstrom
Vardin, Vanoukia, Weis, Beaugrard
Diarra, Jouan, Laup
Cappelle, Valero, Colinet
Lyon boss Remi Garde has been dealt a blow ahead of Saturday's Coupe de France Final against giant-killer US Quevilly. Brazilian international Michel Bastos and compatriot Ederson have been left out of the squad entirely due to back and thigh problems respectively.
John Mensah is a long-term absence with Kim Kallstrom expected to move into the void left by Bastos' absence in a 4-1-3-2 formation. Yoann Gourcuff, who made his return from injury in last weekend's come-from-behind 3-2 victory against FC Lorient, is also in line for a long-awaited starting berth, although faces stiff competition from Clement Grenier.
US Quevilly enters its first Coupe de France final since 1927 with a virtually injury-free squad. Goalkeeper Issa Coulibaly is again expected to replace Yassine El-Kharroubi, with a virtually unchanged XI from the side which sensationally dumped out Marseille and Rennes in the quarter and semifinals.
Julien Valero and Pierrick Cappelle, who are Quevilly's top scorers in the competition, are expected to lead the attack ahead of Karim Herouart and Jean-Christophe Ayina, who should make the bench.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Olympique Lyonnais has won the Coupe de France four times, the most recent victory coming in 2008.
- Remi Garde's men beat GFCO Ajaccio 4-0 in the semifinals, having overcome two other amateur sides as well as Bordeaux and PSG.
- Les Gones lost their only other encounter against Quevilly in 1968, going down 1-0 to the Normandy club.
- Victory on Saturday evening would ensure Lyon's first trophy in almost four years.
- US Quevilly has only appeared in the showpiece final once before, back in 1927, losing 3-0 to Marseille in front of a crowd of 23,000.
- Nevertheless, Regis Brouard's side is no stranger to the competition, having lost in the semifinals in 2010 to eventual winner PSG.
- Quevilly's annual budget is roughly 80 times smaller than that of Lyon's.
- Quevilly's eight Coupe de France ties (it started four rounds before Lyon) have seen five go to extra-time, with two of those going all the way to penalties.
- The Normandy side can become the lowest-ranked side to win the trophy on Saturday. It is the third amateur side to reach the final, with second-division sides Le Havre (1959) and Guignamp (2009) tasting victory.
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Top 3 Predictions
Olympique Lyonnais 3-0 Quevilly Us
- 16.5 %
Olympique Lyonnais 2-1 Quevilly Us
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Olympique Lyonnais 1-2 Quevilly Us
- 11.34 %
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